How to Dispose of Old Paint and Cans
Do you have old paint cans sitting around in your basement or garage and you’re wondering what to do with them? Depending upon where you live, you may be asked to bring them to your local recycling center and not just simply throw the can away. If it’s an oil based paint, in most cases that’s considered hazardous waste. Here are a couple tricks when it comes to disposing of paint.
Some towns or counties host Hazardous Waste Collection events periodically. For example, residents are able to drop off oil based paints to be disposed of properly. Latex, or water based, paint is not accepted at these events as it’s not considered a hazardous material.
To dispose of a partially empty/full can of latex paint, residents are asked to air dry latex paint by leaving the lids off and when dry, simply replacing the lid and throwing the cans in a dark colored garbage bag with the rest of the trash or they can contact their municipality to see if an empty can can be included with other recyclables. If the can is full, you can stir in kitty litter or a paint hardener (available at hardware stores) to dry out the paint and then you can dispose of as listed above.
If you’re unsure as to how your town handles oil based paints, contact your recycling center by finding their info here: https://njhazwaste.com/counties/.
If you decide to keep that paint and are looking to spruce up a room or completely change the color, call Spectrum Painting at 973-706-6033 for all of your interior, exterior, carpentry and handyman needs!